Songs About Jane

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Songs About Jane
Maroon 5 - Songs About Jane.png
Studio album by Maroon 5
Released June 25, 2002 (2002-06-25)
Recorded 2001–2002
Studio Rumbo Recorders (Los Angeles, California)
Length 46:06
Label
Producer
Maroon 5 chronology
The Fourth World
(1997)The Fourth World1997
Songs About Jane
(2002)
1.22.03.Acoustic
(2004)1.22.03.Acoustic2004
Singles from Songs About Jane
  1. "Harder to Breathe"
    Released: July 9, 2002
  2. "This Love"
    Released: January 27, 2004
  3. "She Will Be Loved"
    Released: July 27, 2004
  4. "Sunday Morning"
    Released: December 2, 2004
  5. "Must Get Out"
    Released: April 5, 2005

Songs About Jane is the debut studio album by American rock band Maroon 5. It was released on June 25, 2002 by Octone and J Records. The album became a sleeper hit with the help of five singles that attained chart success, including the Billboard hit "Harder to Breathe" and international hits "This Love" and "She Will Be Loved".

Songs About Jane was re-released on October 14, 2003 becoming a huge international success. It topped the album charts in Australia, France, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom, and reached the top 10 in 17 other countries. At the end of 2004, the album reached the top 10 of the US Billboard 200 chart. It had sold nearly 2.7 million copies by the end of 2004, and over 5.1 million copies in the U.S. by August 2015.[1] It has sold over 10 million copies worldwide as of 2015.

Background[edit]

All but one member of the band had been members of a previous Los Angeles band called Kara's Flowers which released an album called The Fourth World in mid-1997 on Reprise Records with little success. Kara's Flowers left Reprise Records in 1998 and with the addition of guitarist James Valentine became Maroon 5.

The band played showcase gigs in New York City and Los Angeles. Singer and guitarist Adam Levine credited the interim with influencing the band's new style in an interview with VH1. "During the time between our record deals, I spent a lot of time in New York where I was exposed to an urban and hip-hop culture in a way that had never happened to me in L.A. It turned me on to an entirely new genre of music which has had a profound impact on my song writing."

The band signed with Octone Records, a New York independent label with distribution through BMG and an artist development deal with Clive Davis' J Records. The band recorded Songs About Jane at Rumbo Recorders in Los Angeles with producer Matt Wallace,[2] who had also produced with Train, Faith No More, and O.A.R.. Production was handled primarily by Wallace, with Mark Endert mixing with additional production for "This Love".

All the songs on the album were either written or co-written by Levine while he was living in New York. Much of the lyrics for the album are inspired by Levine's relationship with his ex-girlfriend, Jane Herman. Levine notes, "I saw this girl at a gas station, and I fell in love with her," he says. "I wrote a song about her and played it in the store where she worked. It was an awful song. But she found out about this relatively psychotic boy. She was my muse for years. . . . And then it kind of faded away."[3] Levine also confirmed this, saying there was at least one line in every song about her.[4]

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[5]
Robert Christgau (1-star Honorable Mention)[6]
PopMatters (unfavorable)[7]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[8]
The Village Voice (favorable)[9]

The album has been released with the Copy Control protection system in some regions. After the release of the album in mid-2002, the band toured with Michelle Branch and Nikka Costa. They also toured with Matchbox Twenty and Sugar Ray during some of their shows in 2003. In March 2004, the album had reached the top 20 of the Billboard 200, and had reached the top 10 by the end of the year. Songs About Jane also eventually topped the UK and Australian album charts. Songs About Jane was the seventh best-selling album of 2004 in the U.S., with about 2.7 million copies sold.[10] In Australia, the album did not chart on the End of Year Charts until 2004, where it reached No. 6. After constant touring, three years after the release of Songs About Jane, it received a Grammy for Best New Artist. [11]The album reached 5.1 million sales in the United States in August 2015.[1]

The album was generally well received by music critics. Christian Hoard of Rolling Stone praised the album for its "vaguely funky white-soul stylings, tunefulness and vocals" and mentioned "Must Get Out" and "This Love" as the album's standout tracks.[8] AllMusic's MacKenzie Wilson called the album an "impressive rebirth" from Kara's Flowers' "indie outfit", stating: "Songs About Jane is love-drunk on what makes Maroon 5 tick as a band ... they've got grit and a sexy strut, personally and musically."[5] Caroline Sullivan of The Guardian commented that the album "isn't as useless as one would hope ... Songs About Jane is pitched at the Busted market, for which their guitar-mashing and surging harmonies eminently qualify them."[12] PopMatters's Jason Thompson, however, panned the album, criticizing Levine's likeness to Jay Kay of Jamiroquai. Calling the album "limp at best", he further added: "There's simply nothing here to get excited about. And what about that soul that these guys are boasting about, anyway?"[7]

Singles[edit]

The first single "Harder to Breathe", released a month after the album, slowly started to pick up airplay which helped spur sales of the album. "Harder to Breathe" also made the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles charts and the singles charts in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.[13]

The second single from the album, "This Love", won the band their first Grammy Award, for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals at the 2006 Grammy Awards. In March 2004, two years after being released, the song reached the top 10 of the Australian and United States singles charts. The single's accompanying music video proved to be popular as well, but had to be edited from its original version to avoid being banned from MTV.[14]

"She Will Be Loved", the third single from the album, also reached similar chart success, topping the Australian and Belgian charts and peaking at No. 5 in the United States, the same chart position of previous single and breakthrough hit, "This Love".[13]

"Sunday Morning" was released as the fourth single from the album. It did not reach the chart success of the previous singles but nevertheless garnered positive reviews from critics. It was reported that this song was the one that got the band signed to Octone Records, with its executive Ben Berkman calling it "genius".[14]

The fifth and final release from the album was "Must Get Out". The single failed to chart in the US, and just made the Top 30 in the United Kingdom, Ireland and New Zealand.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Adam Levine and Jesse Carmichael, except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Harder to Breathe"   Matt Wallace 2:53
2. "This Love"
3:26
3. "Shiver"
Wallace 2:59
4. "She Will Be Loved" Wallace 4:17
5. "Tangled" Levine Wallace 3:18
6. "The Sun" Levine Wallace 4:11
7. "Must Get Out"
Wallace 3:59
8. "Sunday Morning"
Wallace 4:04
9. "Secret"
Wallace 4:55
10. "Through with You"
Wallace 3:01
11. "Not Coming Home"
  4:21
12. "Sweetest Goodbye" Levine Wallace 4:30
Total length: 45:54

Personnel[edit]

Credits for Songs About Jane adapted from AllMusic[15] and the album's liner notes.

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[48] Platinum 40,000^
Argentina (CAPIF)[48]
Re-release
2× Platinum 80,000^
Australia (ARIA)[49] 5× Platinum 350,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[50] Gold  
Belgium (BEA)[51] Gold 25,000*
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[52] Gold 50,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[53] 3× Platinum 300,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[54] Platinum 50,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[55] Gold 19,571[55]
France (SNEP)[56] 2× Gold 150,000*
Germany (BVMI)[57] Platinum 300,000^
Greece (IFPI Greece)[58] Gold 15,000^
Italy (FIMI)[59] Gold 50,000*
Japan (RIAJ)[60] 2× Platinum 400,000^
Mexico (AMPROFON)[61] Platinum+Gold 225,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[62] Platinum 80,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[63] 5× Platinum 75,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[64] Gold 25,000*
Portugal (AFP)[65] Gold 20,000^
Russia (NFPF)[66] Platinum 20,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[67] Gold 50,000^
Sweden (GLF)[68] Gold 30,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[69] Gold 20,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[70] 6× Platinum 2,019,827[71]
United States (RIAA)[72] 5× Platinum 5,100,000[1]
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[73] 2× Platinum 2,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Country Date Edition Format Label Ref.
United States June 25, 2002 Standard CD Octone [74]
United Kingdom May 5, 2003 [75]
Japan July 23, 2003 Sony [76]
Germany March 8, 2004 J [77]
Spain April 15, 2004 [78]
Japan July 21, 2004 Special Sony [79]

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